Tempe, Ariz. ( Associated Press) – Sean Kugler, who was recently fired as an assistant coach for the Arizona Cardinals, has retained a law firm to investigate allegations that when the team traveled to Mexico last month to play a game He had inappropriately touched a lady security guard. against the San Francisco 49ers.
Kugler retained the services of the law office of attorney Shields Pettini, who filed a request for arbitration with the NFL after he said Friday the way the Cardinals handled the situation resulted in his client being fired.
The law firm says Kugler was fired “after unfounded allegations that he inappropriately touched a female security guard.”
Kugler, 56 and a well-known figure, was the team’s offensive line coach and playing coordinator with the Cardinals, with whom he had been since 2019.
The Cardinals played the 49ers in a Monday night game in Mexico.
Arizona claims the incident happened the Saturday before the match and Kugler returned to the United States.
“The allegations against Coach Kugler are completely false and have caused tremendous personal and professional harm to Sean, his wife and family,” said attorney Michael Pettini.
“The coach and his family are desperate for understanding from Cardinals management and other parties as to the rationale or evidence used as the basis for his termination.”
The law firm claims the Cardinals fired Kugler from the organization without thoroughly investigating or interviewing him.
“Respecting women is a core value to me, and something I instill in my sons and the players I coach,” Kugler said in a statement.
“The Cardinals’ outlandish claims are false, and I want to clear my name. Whether it was miscommunication or mistaken identity, my family and I look forward to working with the NFL, the Cardinals or any other organization in this matter to get to the truth and restore my reputation.” Will cooperate fully and honestly with the agency.”
Cardinals offensive lineman Calvin Beachum spoke with Kugler shortly after the firing. He said that Kugler was “devastated” and that the coach had a lot of respect in the locker room.
“I don’t think anybody expected it,” Beachum said Friday.
The Cardinals said in a statement on Friday: “As an ongoing legal matter, we will refrain from comment other than to say that the team believes this process will result in very different facts than those revealed today.” And there was good reason to terminate Mr. Kugler’s employment.”
When asked about Kugler, coach Kliff Kingsbury referred to the team’s statement to reporters.
Kugler’s firing caps a tumultuous season for the Cardinals (4-9), who entered the season with high hopes but have lost five of their last six games.